The hypothetical real world juncture point of two of my apocalyptic strands, or where the disastrous meets salvage:
“All of the money is going into homeland security,” Mr. Lindell said. “The solution to the problem in the levees in New Orleans would have been to take all the chemical-protection suits that have been purchased for little tiny towns that are too small to be targets and too far away to assist, and fill those chemical-protection suits with sand, and use those to fill the levees. It would have been a better use.”
In other words, a line of sand-bodied haz-mat ghosts, holding back the encroaching waters.
(thanks Alberto for the link, full article here)